Huntington man gets 2½ years for child sexual assault

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Published: 9/28/2019 2:03:56 PM

NORTHAMPTON – An elderly Huntington man pleaded guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of sexually assaulting and raping a child in his home more than a decade ago.

Charles Edward Bruneau, 73, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one count of rape of a child with force.

Bruneau was sentenced to 2½ years in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction on the indecent assault and battery charge and seven years of probation on the rape charge.

Bruneau’s victim was a female child known to him, and the approximately eight incidents occurred from 2007 to 2009 when the girl was under 10 years old.

A question about Bruneau’s plea arose after Assistant District Attorney Fredric Bartmon gave the facts of the case.

When asked if they were true by Judge John Agostini, Bruneau initially said no. He then spoke with his attorney Alan Rubin and answered yes, but the judge made clear that he could only accept a guilty plea if a person was genuinely guilty and understood they were.

“If you do not agree with the facts, I need to know,” Agostini said. “We don’t go back.” Bruneau then agreed to the facts, and Agostini ended up accepting his plea.

Although the victim and her mother submitted statements to the court, they were not read in the courtroom.

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